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Earthquakes in Egypt

In Egypt there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

Since 1950 more than 580 people have been killed by direct consequences of earthquakes. 2 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

Other natural hazards in Egypt:
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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Egypt by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

  • May 8, 3:22 pm
    Magnitude 4.7: 10 km east-northeast of Pýrgos, Greece at a depth of 6.7 km.
  • May 13, 9:31 am
    Magnitude 4.6: 97 km south-southeast of Ierápetra, Greece at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquakes in Egypt since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Egypt happened on 11/22/1995 in the region Nuwaybi; Saudi Arabia; Israel; Jordan with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 11 km resulted in 12 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
08/24/2002Cairo18 km4.40
11/22/1995Nuwaybi; Saudi Arabia; Israel; Jordan11 km7.212
10/12/1992Cairo55 km5.3545
11/14/1981Aswan29 km5.30
03/31/1969Beni-Souef, Al-Qahirah (Cairo)54 km7.02
09/12/1955Nile Delta20 km6.322


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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